Wasabi Blossom Buds Ohitashi

Wasabi is now blooming! So pretty but wasabi, fresh scent and hot flavor.

Hanawasabi, Wasabi blossom buds

Wasabi, native to Japan, is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, so it’s the same family with field mustard, cabbage, broccoli, etc.

 

Wasabi blooms pretty white flowers in spring.  It is called “Hana-Wasabi” in Japanese, literally “flower wasabi”.

It is similarly edible to Japanese field mustard “Nano-Hana“.

Hanawasabi, Wasabi blossom buds

 

Hanawasabi, Wasabi blossom buds

 

Flower buds and leaves have essentially the same flavor with wasabi root.

But the slight technique is needed to elicit the flavor.

  • Don’t cook in boiling warter, cook under 80 degrees C.
  • Don’t cook for minutes, blanch lightly.
  • After cooking, store them in sealed packages for a few hours.
    (Freshly cooked has less hot and flavor)
Hanawasabi, Wasabi blossom buds

 

Season with soy sauce and dashi broth, “Ohitashi”.

Wasabi Blossom Buds Ohitashi

・Hana-Wasabi
is bloom buds and leaves of wasabi. It is edible and it has fresh scent and hot flavor. 花山葵(はなわさび) literally “flower mountain malvaceae”